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Lorna Doone A Romance of Exmoor   By: (1825-1900)

Lorna Doone A Romance of Exmoor by Richard D. Blackmore

Lorna Doone, authored by Richard D. Blackmore, is a compelling and epic tale set in the mystical and untamed landscapes of Exmoor. As a historical romance novel, Blackmore weaves together a masterful blend of love, adventure, and intrigue to create a truly captivating narrative.

The story revolves around the life of our titular protagonist, Lorna Doone, a young and innocent girl who finds herself caught in the midst of a centuries-old feud between two rival families. Blackmore expertly explores the themes of love and destiny, as Lorna becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with the honorable John Ridd, our deeply empathetic and devoted hero.

The author's descriptive prowess shines through in his vivid portrayal of Exmoor, painting a vibrant landscape that serves as both a backdrop and a crucial character in the plot. From the moors to the Doone valley, readers are transported to a time where honor, loyalty, and justice reigned supreme.

Blackmore's meticulous attention to historical detail adds depth and authenticity to the story, immersing readers in the social and political landscape of the 17th century. The clash between the landed gentry and the impoverished farmers not only serves as a backdrop but also illustrates the complexities of society during that era. Through his well-rounded characters, Blackmore effectively explores the stark contrast between the privileged and the disadvantaged, bringing to light the ever-present importance of social justice and equality.

One could argue that Lorna Doone is more than just a romance novel. It encompasses several genres, including adventure and suspense. The constant threat of violence from the Doone clan creates an undercurrent of tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Blackmore effortlessly balances this element of danger with tender moments of love and affection, resulting in a narrative that keeps readers emotionally invested from start to finish.

The pacing of the novel is spot-on, with Blackmore introducing various subplots and characters that contribute to the overarching story without overwhelming the reader. The plot unfolds in a manner that allows for gradual character development and reveals surprising connections and twists along the way.

What truly sets Lorna Doone apart is the strength and complexity of its characters. From the valiant John Ridd to the enigmatic Lorna, the cast is vibrant and multidimensional. Each character possesses their own unique motivations and flaws, making them undeniably human and relatable. Even the antagonists are given depth, allowing readers to understand the reasons behind their actions and fostering a sense of empathy.

In conclusion, Lorna Doone is a masterpiece of historical romance fiction that will captivate and enchant readers with its enthralling narrative, richly drawn characters, and vivid depiction of Exmoor. Richard D. Blackmore's skillful storytelling transports readers to a distant time and place, allowing them to experience the triumphs and tribulations of love, honor, and justice like never before. This book is a must-read for fans of classic romance and adventure, as well as anyone seeking a truly immersive literary experience.

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A Romance of Exmoor

by R. D. Blackmore

Copyright, 1889, by The Burrows Brothers Company

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This work is called a "romance," because the incidents, characters, time, and scenery, are alike romantic. And in shaping this old tale, the Writer neither dares, nor desires, to claim for it the dignity or cumber it with the difficulty of an historic novel.

And yet he thinks that the outlines are filled in more carefully, and the situations (however simple) more warmly coloured and quickened, than a reader would expect to find in what is called a "legend."

And he knows that any son of Exmoor, chancing on this volume, cannot fail to bring to mind the nurse tales of his childhood the savage deeds of the outlaw Doones in the depth of Bagworthy Forest, the beauty of the hapless maid brought up in the midst of them, the plain John Ridd's Herculean power, and (memory's too congenial food) the exploits of Tom Faggus.

March, 1869.


Few things have surprised me more, and nothing has more pleased me, than the great success of this simple tale.

For truly it is a grand success to win the attention and kind regard, not of the general public only, but also of those who are at home with the scenery, people, life, and language, wherein a native cannot always satisfy the natives... Continue reading book >>

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